On Friday, October 2nd, the 4H Ceramics club went on a field trip to the high school to tour their ceramics room. Students saw the kiln where clay projects are fired and got to practice throwing clay on their pottery wheels. Thanks to Ms. Allred and her ceramics students for helping us!
Art Foundations 2 students will create an "I Spy" drawing--a black and white drawing of items that have personal significance. We will focus on shading and magnifying the items to create an interesting composition. Students will need to bring in at least 15 small items from home--check your junk drawer, your backpack, or toy collections.
Need ideas of items to bring? How about.....
buttons, keys, key chain, coins, jewelry (rings, charms, pendants, earrings), game pieces (chess, dice, Monopoly), Legos, dominoes, hair accessories (clips, bobby pins), ear buds, hand-held pencil sharpeners, guitar pick, sea shells, small toys (army men, figurines, action figures), hardware (screws, nuts, bolts), small candies, puzzle pieces.......keep it small, but keep it interesting!
One of the challenges of drawing or painting on a flat surface is showing space, or the illusion of distance. Artists use size, details, placement, value, and color to show that objects recede or come forward. What better way to practice this than by going outside to draw! We enjoyed beautiful weather as we drew the landscape around the school.
Drawing students are learning how to shade forms so they look 3-dimensional. Today in class, we went over the 5 basics parts of light and shadow: highlight, halftone, core shadow, reflected light, and cast shadow.
For students that are interested in a more in-depth explanation, here is a great video. It is more technical than what we went over in class, but offers a great explanation of how and why light and shadow behave the way they do.
Adapted from the National Art Education Association website
1. Art helps students build self-esteem through creative problem solving.
Through the art making process, students learn what quality work means. They learn how to work through creative problems to the best of their abilities. This helps them develop self-motivation and self-esteem. These qualities are essential for life in the 21st Century, where creative minds are needed to solve some of our most challenging problems.
2. Art helps students develop literacy skills.
Art is a language all its own. In art class, students learn to create, describe, analyze and interpret images. Visual literacy is a vital 21st Century skill. Not only does visual literacy compliment traditional writing and reading skills, it also helps students become informed consumers of the world around them.
3. Art helps students have a broad worldview.
By being exposed to art and artists from many different places, students learn to appreciate and celebrate differences. As students grow up in today’s global society, this sensitivity will serve them well.
Want to learn how you can support your child’s arts education? Check out http://www.americansforthearts.org/public_awareness/
Drawing students just finished creating awesome contour line drawings of their hands! They transferred these drawings to another paper, where they filled the negative space with patterns. The patterns create value contrast, emphasizing the lighter hands.
Paper-mache clay can be made at home if students are interested in creating their own!
Contemporary artist Oliver Herring explores how interactions and collaborations with other people are artistic experiences. He created TASK parties to encourage these creative and divergent interactions. Art Foundations 2 students participated in their own TASK party. Students had to invent tasks for others to complete and then complete tasks by themselves or with the help of others. Students had to think creatively to interpret and complete each task.
In Art Foundations 1, students explored different qualities and characteristics of line--one of the Elements of Art. In class, we studied the work of contemporary artist Tony Orrico, who uses his body to create repeated lines. After watching a performance of Tony's work, students went outside to try it for themselves!
We are excited to begin After School 4H on Tuesday, September 8th. We have a lot of fun classes scheduled this term:
Each class is $10. Buy two classes and get the third one free. Pay Mrs. Cook in the Finance Office for your classes.
Students: Do you want to win
a $1,000 scholarship???
There is an art contest right now and that could be your prize if you win! All you need to do it design a bookmark! Any students from kindergarten to 12th grade can participate. Ms. Magnusson has the entry forms in room 101. Bookmark designs are due on Friday September 25th.
ALL Salem Junior High students are invited to participate in the PTA Reflections contest! In the visual arts category, students may create and submit original 2-D artwork (drawing or painting), photographs, or 3-D artwork. The theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly." Students that are interested in participating will need to get an entry form from the office, room 101, or online. ALL entries are DUE (with a completed entry form) to the office on October 7th.
The VERY LAST DAY to turn in any missing work is Friday, May 22nd.
Any work turned in after this date will not be graded!
Students, please plan now to make up any missing assignments! Come in during Olympic Time, or before or after school to work on your projects. Talk to me if you need to check out any supplies so you can finish missing work at home.
Finish strong! YOU GOT THIS!! :)
Installation art is artwork that is designed to transform the perception of a space. An installation is often site-specific, made of a variety of materials, is temporary in nature, and explores a concept or idea. Installations can be interactive.
Students in Art Foundations 2 created installations that explored contemporary problems such as bullying, littering, and depression and anxiety in teens. They were designed to be interactive and viewers are invited to participate appropriately with the art. They will be displayed around the school for one week.
For our next painting project, we will be painting ordinary objects so that they are changed into EXTRAordinary works of art. Students need to bring their own object to paint on Tuesday May 5th. Check your garage, closets, cupboards and drawers for objects that can be changed into works of art!
In class, we looked at examples by the artist Gilbert Legrand of ordinary objects painted to look extraordinary. If you were absent, check out the attached PowerPoint to see what you missed!
Nebo School District has a summer drawing class for all 5th-8th graders that are skilled or highly interested in drawing. Online registration begins May 5, 2015. For more information about dates, times, locations and fees, see the flier below.
Students in 3-D Design have spent the last month writing, illustrating, and constructing a pop-up book. If students need instructions on how to finish constructing the cover or attaching the pages, please see the instructions below. These finished books are turning out great!
J.B.'s drawing of a Spartan was selected to be permanently displayed in the district office. Way to go! We are proud to have your artwork represent our school!
Salem Junior High Art
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